New signing and German international Per Mertesacker has spoken of his admiration for Gunners legend Tony Adams as he prepares to make his Arsenal debut against Swansea at the weekend.
Mertesacker is a long standing Gunners fan, and admits he always looked up to Adams when growing up in Germany. After a tough two weeks on International Duty, where he received large amounts of criticism and has been called “Disorientated and lacking dynamism” against Poland, the former Bremen captain will be looking forward to producing a solid performance against Swansea this weekend. On Gunners legend Tony Adams he said:
“We didn’t get many pictures of him on the television but Adams was a legend here,” he told Arsenal.com. “He is a special one for me.
“When I was looking at English football I always looked to Arsenal and he was one of the great defenders when I was ten or 12 years old. I knew he was the centre-half for Arsenal.
“I like the players [like Adams] very much – I have enjoyed seeing them over the years. I hope I can improve my performances here and get better and better – I want to be useful for the team.”
Do you think that Mertesacker is ready to take the pitch for Arsenal? Swansea will be looking to attack Arsenal early on, and after suffering a shocking loss to United recently, the Arsenal defence is thought to be frail. He will provide an extremely useful asset during set-pieces, but with the pace of Koscielny as back-up Mertesacker should fit in nicely to the backline. His experience will be vital this season.
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